SNDL charges OCW for breakdown of 11 KV Ganga-Kaveri feeder

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 May 2018 09:43:18


Staff Reporter,

Hospital puts operation on hold

An SNDL official informed that Dr Gurbani had called SNDL for restoration of power. The doctor had put an operation on hold due to lack of power supply.

Workers on behalf of Orange City Water (OCW) damaged and dug up an important 11 KV Ganga-Kaveri feeder on Wednesday at 4 am. This feeder ensures power supply to a large part of Katol Road, Raj Nagar right uptil Achraj Tower. More than 1,200 households located on eight transformers were woken up to a rude shock of no power supply at around 4 am after the incident, informed a press release of SNDL.

Soon after receiving information, a Quick Response Team (QRT) of SNDL immediately started patrolling the area. However, the team of OCW had smartly covered up the pit where they damaged the cable, and had fled the spot, claimed the press release.
Thus the spot was not identified for a long time. The team finally zeroed down on the fault area and re-dug the entire pit and confirmed the damage at 5 am.

Meanwhile, senior team members reached the spot and spoke to nearby dwellers who informed about the misdeed of OCW team. They also helped with the identification of one person called Prashant who led the SNDL team further to his supervisor Rehman who agreed that the damage had been caused by his team. Power supply was restored at 1 pm as an alternative cable had to be charged for ensuring temporary supply.

The area was backfeeded from MRS sub-station via Sadar Feeder. To avoid inconvenience to traffic, the team would normalize the cable later tonight. SNDL has confirmed a damage of more than Rs. 1 lakhs to the infra besides the massive inconvenience to the consumers located on this feeder.

It has also informed that such damages have weakened the entire system to a great extent as more and more joints are replacing a healthy cable. These joints are unreliable despite quality material as they are affected by heat and expand at frequent intervals causing frequent breakdowns.
SNDL and MSEDCL have requested development authorities on several occasions to inform them in advance so that they can provide adequate monitoring support, but in vain. It may be mentioned that there have been more than 16 instances of damage to feeder cables besides numerous damages to the low-tension (LT) network in last 45 days.